de·​bone (ˌ)dē-ˈbōn How to pronounce debone (audio)
deboned; deboning; debones

transitive verb

: bone
debone a roast
deboner noun

Example Sentences

Have the butcher debone the lamb for you.
Recent Examples on the Web Jacques Pépin taught me how to debone a chicken and how to roast chicken. Alicia Kennedy, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Nov. 2022 By April, waves of workers who debone chickens or carve up pork elbow-to-elbow with their co-workers were falling ill from the virus. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, 14 Sep. 2020 Tyson Foods has spent $500 million to develop a robot that can debone and cut up chickens at high speed. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 10 July 2020 Or, they are immediately deboned and thrown in the grind pile. Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, 21 Apr. 2020 The slower that meat moves through a slaughterhouse, the fewer people are needed to cut and debone it, which would allow for more space between employees. Michael Corkery, New York Times, 29 Apr. 2020 Then fillet and debone the fish, and remove the skin. Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, 28 Apr. 2020 The company is among many businesses facing hurdles trying to operate amid the pandemic, with the task of deboning chickens and cutting up pork and beef typically low-paying work done in close quarters with others. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 15 Apr. 2020 Ramsay also shares fish deboning basics, how to make pasta dough, cook salmon, and master scrambled eggs. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 14 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of debone was in 1944

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Cite this Entry

“Debone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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